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A journal about real and imagined spaces and places of the US South and their global connections

The World of Chick-Fil-A and the Business of Sunbelt Evangelicalism

University of Mississippi
Published March 8, 2012


In this presentation from February 15, 2012 at Emory University, Darren E. Grem examines the connections between evangelicalism and capitalism at the Chick-Fil-A chain of restaurants.


Part 2Grem discusses conservative evangelical organizations and the rise of Christian small business in the twentieth century

Part 3 S. Truett Cathy, evangelical and corporate America, Sunbelt politics, and colorblind ideology

Part 4The religious space of the Sunbelt, meritocratic rhetoric, Chik-Fil-A and gender

Part 5Corporate branding, blending of meritocratic and evangelical ideologies, and political activism

Part 6Agribusiness, chicken processing, and labor

Part 7Q&A with Grem. Topics include a cost-benefit analysis of Chick-Fil-A’s Sunday closing policy

About the Author

Darren E. Grem received his PhD in history from the University of Georgia in 2010. He won the 2011 C. Vann Woodward Dissertation Prize from the Southern Historical Association and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Emory University.

Cover Image Attribution:

Chick-fil-A water tower, July 14, 2008. Courtesy of Flickr user chipstickaddict. Creative Commons license CC BY NC-ND 2.0.

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